Pork Industry scholarship winners announced

The Pork Checkoff has awarded 21 scholarships to college students around the U.S.

April 13, 2015

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Pork Industry scholarship winners announced

The Pork Checkoff has awarded 21 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of its strategy to develop the pork industry's human capital for the future. Recipients were selected based on scholastic merit, leadership activities, involvement in the pork production industry and future plans for a career in pork production.

"Developing the next generation of leaders in the pork industry is one of the top issues that the Pork Checkoff has identified as being critical for the industry's future. Finding new leaders also is part of our strategic plan," said Dale Norton, president of the National Pork Board and a pork producer from Bronson, Mich. "Our ongoing goal is to help ensure that there is a sustainable source of new leaders ready to take on the industry's charge of producing a safe, wholesome food product in a socially responsible way."

The 21 student recipients, who hail from 15 states and 15 universities, are majoring in nine different swine-related fields. The 2015 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients are:  


City, State



Kaylen Baker

Yukon, Okla.

Oklahoma State

Ani Sci. &  Ag Comm.

Matthew Romoser

Keota, Iowa

Iowa State University

Animal Science

Morgan Cox

Hope, Ind.

Purdue University

Animal Science

Hayden Williams

Iowa Falls, Iowa

Wabash College


Annie Clark

Overland Park, Kan.

Kansas State University

Animal Science

Danika Miller

Terre Haute, Ind.

Purdue University

Food Science

Taylor Owens

Boerne, Texas

Texas A&M University

Animal Science

KaLynn Harlow

Rocky Mount, Va.

Virginia Tech

Animal Science

Darby Dillard

Starkville, Miss.

Mississippi State University

Animal Science

Allison Knox

Savoy, Ill.

University of Illinois

Animal Science/Pre-Vet

Nicole Gross

Johnson Creek, Wis.

University of Wisconsin

Animal Science

Grant Price

Tiffin, Ohio

The Ohio State University

Animal Science

Benjamin Smith

Aurora, Mo.

Iowa State University

Animal Science/    Ag Systems Tech

Abigail Wehrbein

Plattsmouth, Neb.

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Animal Science/Meat Science

Morgan Pittz

Mineral Point, Wis.

Iowa State University

Animal Science

Garrit Sproull

Uhrichsville, Ohio

The Ohio State University

Animal Science Production

Adam Krause

Clear Lake, S.D.

South Dakota State University

Ag Business

Kaleb Sargent

Clinton, N.C.

North Carolina State University

Animal Science/          Ag Business

Sarah Marketon

Howard Lake, Minn.

University of Minnesota

Ag Education

Ellen Nieuwoudt

Washington, Kan.

Kansas State University

Animal Science

Cody Milbrath

Springfield, Minn.

South Dakota State University

Animal Science


This year's top candidates were Kaylen Baker and Matthew Romoser, who will receive $5,000 and $3,500 scholarships, respectively.  The remaining 19 applicants will receive $2,000 each.

Kaylen Baker, a junior at Oklahoma State University, is from Yukon, Okla., and is majoring in animal science and agriculture communications, with a minor in agriculture economics and business. She plans to continue her academic career by pursuing a Master's of Science degree in animal welfare.

Matt Romoser, a senior at Iowa State University, is from Keota, Iowa. He plans to pursue a Master's of Science degree in reproductive physiology with Dr. Jason Ross at Iowa State University after completing his undergraduate degree. He hopes to have a career where he can play a key role in bringing applied reproductive technologies to pork production in order to facilitate genetic improvement and improve reproductive efficiency.
"To remain competitive on the global stage, a skilled workforce and strong leadership are essential," Norton said. "We need young leaders to look at pork not just as a food choice, but as a career. The issues the next generation will face will be substantially different from those we are currently facing. Pork producers will need strong leadership in order to produce pork in a manner that is good for people, pigs and the planet."

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